Friday, April 6, 2007

First post time~

For those of you who know me I’m sure you’re wondering why the heck I need yet another blog.
Well, I’ll tell you why.
Because I need a place where I can talk about comics and work and not have to bring people into my personal bizniz in order to do so.

LJ is great, but it’s hard to keep work separate from life there, so that’s what this blog is for.
It’s so even if you don’t know me personally you can still keep up with what’s going on in the Land O’ Comics.
Make sense?


So for a first post here I figured I’d bring everyone up to date on the status of my current series~

Right now I’m about halfway thru Volume Two, I just finished up Chapter 4 last night and will be starting in on Chapter 5 today.
After talking to my editor I found out the street date has been pushed back once again. It was originally due out in Dec of 07 but now it’s being moved to March of 08.
Long time away, I know, but at least the wait between vol two and vol three wont be as long as between one and two since I’ll already be a couple chapters into vol three by the time two hits the stands!
That’s…something, right guys?

Also, because I don't think a lot of people realize this, the street date is something that I have no control over. I get a lot of e-mails lamenting my decision to release the books so far apart...yeah...that's not me. It's all up the publisher, the artist has little to no say in it.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m no longer publishing Next Exit under SLG. We split a couple months back and I’m currently in the process of moving the series over to a different publisher.
The split was amicable and there was no bad blood or anything, SLG just wasn’t the right publisher for the comic and we both knew it.
While SLG is a great company to work for, and I can say nothing but positive things about my experience there, it’s just not a publisher most people turn to for “manga”. And since that’s the heading most people seem to categorize my comics under, it wasn’t a good fit.

That being said when Next Exit does return I think readers will be more pleased with the presentation and format of the book and hopefully it'll reach the audience it was intended to reach this time around.
I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated on the situation of the series and when it’s expected return to shelves will be~

So that's where I stand right now, I have a few other side projects I'm working on, and I'll be sure to update here about them as soon as I'm able!


Waseque said...

I'll always admire your work (mostly because you won the year i entered RSOM haha). Its really inspiring to see you being published and talking about your next volume etc, so in a wierd way, thank you ^_^

papillonseven said...

yay, its getting more and more difficult to find your blogs amongst all the other posts in my FList on lj. your art has improved like hell in a span of just 3 years, and its always great to see artists grow. if i happen to find your comic in australia id definately buy it :D i kind of got lost when you had two comics going and was all like what o_o she has two?? im so out of touch with the online world its not even funny.

-choubo of livejournal

Nechama-chan said...

Well, later is better than never when it comes to releasing manga. I love RE: Play, and if I get a chance I'll try to find Next Exit and buy that too. ^^ Anyone who says you're not amaazing for being a comic/manga artist because your not Japanese needs to get their brain checked! You rock, and I can't wait for your next volume! XD Peace out.
-Nechama-chan (from DevArt)

allison j. sebastian said...

it's totally awesome that you got a blogspot, i've been around these parts more than LJ recently so yeah... it's sweet!

i'll just have to buy RE:Play vol.2 as a birthday/graduation present to myself next year. heh. keep up the great work on it!

also, i was really bummed when Next Exit was cut, so i anticipate the return of it, whenever that may be.

(have you seen Grindhouse yet? YOU NEED to see it.)

Bloby said...

Awesome! I can keep up with your official publications as well! Since I live in Asia, it's almost impossible to get a hold on your published work since they don't see OEL manga here, so the only source is the internet. Once I get a job I might order them online though. :D They're woth the hassle!

Tigger said...

*bookmarks the blog* :)
I'll be around to buy the next issue when it gets released ^^
But there is something that keeps fuzzying my head...
Are u paid for each chapter done? (sorry to bring that out) :/
Here in Brazil, the rare times when something gets published it has maximum 24 pages per publication. I have to say I'm kinda curious about how this one volume projects unfold.

minky said...

I love the title of your blog.

GKit said...

Next Exit never came to Hawaii. It was ... not fun. At all. I hope the series gets back up soon, though~ I'd really like to read it.
Re:Play is just pure awesome. Just...awesomeness.
Your work is always wonderful to look at. >3< Keep going --- you're doing great!
~Spica44 of dA&lj

lauren "aseariel" gee said...

awesome! i just picked up volume one of re:play. nice to know there will be a volume two (and three...). :)

Anonymous said...

ah, another blog to keep an eye on for the artwork goodness... so many places *sees stars above headand feels dizzy* but i totally understand. and do people really bother you that much about release dates?!?! how annoying... the publishers really do run things... much love! X3

~runninwild04 from LJ and dA

azerion said...

You're work is amazing ^_^

Definitely, you are one of my favorite artists ^^

AKA said...

Ah, SLG- Jennifer De Guzman right? Hah-hah, she's a scary lady- and her husband is a scary guy too. I went to the headquarters for some...thing about comic writing and I asked her about you and she was like,"er...yeah". It wasn't even a yes or no question. I said "Eh,yeah- OK, whatever lady." X3

katie said...

I loved and miss next exit. Is it ever coming back?

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